Lionel Messi hat-trick

Lionel Messi Hat-trick takes Barcelona 10 points clear on the La-Liga rankings (Match analysis + Video)

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Barcelona visited Real Betis yesterday thrashing them 4-1, thanks to a sensational Lionel Messi hat-trick.

Of all the 33 Lionel Messi hat-trick scored in La Liga so far, this has got to be one of his finest. His presence was not really felt till the 18th minute, when the 31 year old curled a 20-yard free kick past goalkeeper Pau Lopez and into the top-right corner.

Watch Lionel Messi’s free kick (Real Betis 0 Barcelona 1)

Barcelona then punished their hosts yet again who came out victorious in their last tie at the Nou Camp back in November, with a quick move. Luis Suarez sent a backheeled through ball that beat three opponents and found the Argentine who slot it in making it 2-0

Lionel Messi doubles the lead after receiving Luis Suarez’s backheeled 
through pass (Real Betis 0 Barcelona 2)

After the break, Luis Suarez had to clear his name after missing two chances earlier; he drove forward from about 25 yards before slotting the ball past Lopez.

Luis Suarez drives forward from 25 yards before slotting past Lopez 
(Real Betis 0 Barcelona 3)

Substitute Loren pulled one back for the hosts in the 82nd minute with a sidefoot strike that went beyond the reach of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Loren pulls one back with a sidefooted strike
(Real Betis 1 Barcelona 3)

Three minutes later, Lionel Messi hat-trick was completed with a classic effort that took the home support to their feet to applaud him.

Lionel Messi completes his hat-trick with a superb strike 
(Real Betis 1 Barcelona 4)

Barcelona have now claimed 66 points from 28 games, 10 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 12 points ahead of Real Madrid.

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